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Bachmann E-8 shell removal

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Bachmann E-8 shell removal
Posted by hobo9941 on Thursday, October 04, 2018 12:31 AM

I bought a Bachmann E-8 and I want to install sound in it. I've done many sound installs, but I cannot see how to remove the E-8 shell. Anybody ever done it or have any suggestions. I don't want to pry too hard and break something if there is an easier way. Thanks

Also can anyone suggest a good sound decoder that actually sounds like an E-8 with the dual 567s?

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Posted by gmpullman on Thursday, October 04, 2018 6:09 AM

Hi,

The review in MR says to remove the front coupler then lift off the shell. I am assuming the E7 and E8 are similarly designed.

http://mrr.trains.com/news-reviews/staff-reviews/2017/03/bachmann-soundvalue-ho-scale-emd-e7a

Another site I found mentions four very tight screws, which seem to be located at each corner of the fuel tank. It may be necessary to remove two screws from the ends of the fuel tank to expose the four body screws.

This diagram seems to agree with that assessment:

https://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/dwg/dwgs/HOEMDE7-A(DCCREADY)_02.pdf

 

I have always liked the dual EMD 567 sound on the ESU Loksound Select. Opinions may vary.

Good Luck, Ed

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Posted by NS6770fan on Thursday, October 04, 2018 8:27 PM

I agree that the ESU 567 would be a good choice. I personally have never had a locomotive with a 568 ESU loksoudn decoder, but I just installed an EMD 710G decoder in an SD70M. ESU decoders are packed full of preloaded sounds.

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Posted by hobo9941 on Monday, October 08, 2018 10:55 PM

OK, for future reference. The four screws under the fuel tank did hold the body shell. However I still could not get the shell off. The plastic side window inserts snapped over the metal chassis, holding the shell in place. I gently pried the sides of the shell out slightly and held it out with several toothpicks on each side, and then was able to remove the shell. 

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